As one of the largest cities in the country, Houston has emerged as a powerhouse of economic strength and diversity. Many are discovering the benefits of this port-side city and its wealth of jobs in the manufacturing, energy, health care, and aeronautics fields. The Port of Houston is one of the busiest ports in the country, and several refineries line the ship channel. But even with all of the growth, the skyscrapers, and a hectic downtown hub, Houston’s distinctive neighborhoods offer something for everyone, even for those looking for a piece of the peaceful, rural Texas of old.
If you like busy above and around you, and even beneath your feet, then downtown Houston is a great area to live. Several major corporations are headquartered here, along with museums, theaters, nightclubs, restaurants, and shops. An underground tunnel system adds even more to explore – a whole other-worldly shopping and dining experience under the city proper. And, if you prefer fresh and local produce, the City Hall Farmer’s Market is held on Wednesdays from February to June and September to December.
Add a little culture to your urban lifestyle by choosing the Museum District. The Museum District is home to 18 museums, Rice University, and Texas Medical Center. The Reliant Stadium is located near this area and is home to the Houston Texans. The largest annual livestock show and rodeo in the world, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is also held here. Also nearby is the popular Theater District, home to the Houston Ballet, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
If you love to shop, Great Uptown is just north of the Galleria Mall, a major shopping destination in Houston. This is also a great area for golfers since it is practically surrounded by golf courses and country clubs. This area, covered with golf courses and park land, is very green – ideal for those who enjoy being outside.
Also located near the Galleria, Westside is a collection of shops, restaurants, hotels, and businesses. It’s considered one of the more popular areas of Houston, with several upscale neighborhoods and a few small villages.
Westside is a beautiful and somewhat expensive area, but those with serious cash tend to choose Memorial. This wealthy area is near the popular George Bush Park, a vast 7,800-acre park that includes the Buffalo Bayou and its boardwalk. The park also contains jogging trails, a shooting range, and the Millie Bush dog park.
Those who prefer to be outside the downtown area – but not too far – may enjoy the Westchase area. Although suburban, this area also contains a large business district that contains over 1,500 businesses. Employers in the area include Halliburton, Dow Chemical, and Chevron.
For a truer suburban feel, Mission Bend North is about 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston. With a large park and plenty of green space, this neighborhood is a throwback to the Texas of old. Spend a lazy afternoon picnicking at Mission West Park and catch a baseball game. Or, take your dog for a walk – George Bush Park and its Millie Bush dog park are just north of the area.